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Permaculture Sydney North creates empowered, resilient and sustainable communities by teaching people skills in permaculture and self sufficiency.  We run a range of practical, hand-on workshops and courses, and we bring in guest speakers on a range of topics close to our hearts. Our education is fun and a great way to connect with a like-minded community.  Many events are free for members, and our paid courses are affordably priced. 

Upcoming events

    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
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    Learn to design your own food oasis through this 6-month program. Our PSN volunteers will open up their gardens and work closely with you to help you put together a design for your own suburban property – regardless how big or small.


    Workshop 1: Saturday 17th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 2: Saturday 24th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Workshop 3: Saturday 12th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 4: Saturday 19th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm


    Members:         $110

    Non-members:  $130 (includes 1-year membership of PSN)

    Price includes a copy of our text book ‘An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary Morrow


    Each session will be held at a different permaculture garden and details will be forwarded after enrolment.

    What you will learn
    Week 1 & 2
    : During the first two weeks you’ll learn how to analyse a suburban property using a permaculture approach to identify and map not just the space but the various elements and influences that need to be considered. Each participant will finish these two workshops with a detailed map of your own property as a basis for your permaculture design.

    Between the first and final sessions, you'll have opportunities to attend a range of PSN workshops on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals & structures. These will provide you with some of the key knowledge when planning what goes into your own design.

    Week 3 & 4: In the final two weeks you’ll create permaculture design for your own suburban space and a plan for implementing the changes.


    To register go to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4240340


    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at education@permaculturenorth.org.au

    • 10 Oct 2021
    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Local gardens on the North Shore
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    This course is designed to help participants identify how to live a more sustainable life using permaculture principles. It will cover things you can do in the home, garden, and community to reduce your footprint and increase your wellbeing.


    10 - 31 October 2021
    Sunday afternoons 1pm - 4pm


    Members: $50
    Non-members: $75 (includes 1-year individual membership of PSN)*

    *If you would like to join with a different membership (e.g. family or 5-year) then contact us for further details


    By the end of the course you will have:
    • developed an awareness of how the permaculture principles and ethics can be applied
    • gained a greater understanding of how to get more involved in PSN or other sustainable community activities.
    • identified adjustments to your current lifestyle


    The course is loosely based on David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia: The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

    You will:

    • visit 4 different working permaculture gardens and hear from the owners of the garden about their set up
    • identify practical ways you can live more sustainably
    • participate in hands on activities such as preserving and seed saving

    To Register:

    Please visit https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4367219 to reserve your place.


    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at 


    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wahroonga
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    How to make kokedama | Garden Making



    Saturday November 6,  2.00pm to 4.00pm

    Join the Living Skills Team  for a fun afternoon making Kokedamas.

    The art of Kokedama literally translates from "koke" meaning moss and "dama" meaning ball. A Kokedama is a ball of soil covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows.  The idea has is origins in Japan, where it is a combination of the nearai bonsai and kusamono planting styles.

    We will be making out Kokedamas using sphagnum moss covering the soil of a plant and then wrapped around and around with twine.

    These can be fixed to a piece of driftwood or bark, suspended from a string or nestled in a clear attractive container.  These also make lovely gifts.

    I will have a selection of succulents and spider plants you can choose from for your kokedama or you can bring you own small plant you wish to use.  We will only be making small kokedamas.

    You will need to bring gloves (if you wish), a waterproof bag to take your kokedame home and a plate of snacks to share with the group afterwards as we sit, admire and discuss our creations!

    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wahroonga
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